The Caxton Club brings together a diversified group of authors, binders, collectors, conservators, dealers, designers, editors, librarians, publishers, scholars, and other interested individuals; into a community who share a love of books and provides them a forum to learn about their history, production, and preservation; to heighten their appreciation of outstanding content, design and production; and to share in the joys of fine books.

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Upcoming Caxton events

    • 10/16/2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Union League Club, Union League Club, 65 West Jackson
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    October Dinner

    There have been Caxton Club speakers on a wide variety of books, but none, so far, have been coloring books. The Smith- sonian’s Abecedarium takes a light- hearted medium to introduce the serious world of embellished letters and decorated initials with examples from six centuries of rare books of science and art from the Smithsonian’s treasures. With an essay on decorated initials, the book provides two versions of each letter of the alphabet – enlarged to color – with stories of their sources, artists, and historical contexts. Our two speakers, authors of the book, will share their scholarship behind these stories of an historically significant part of book design. Through their Abecedarium they will open up an inspiring – and colorful – way to experience centuries of art, science and culture.

    Lilla Vekerdy is Head of Special Collections at the Smithsonian Libraries with particular emphasis on the Dibner Library of History of Science and Technology. Morgan Aronson is Project Manager at the US Naval Observatory Library. Copies of Abecedarium will be available for sale and signing for $10.00 each.

    The Social Hour (5-6pm) and program (6pm) will be in the Union League Club Library, followed immediately by dinner in the Heritage Room. Beverages available for $6-$12. Three-course dinner: $66. Reservations are required and must be received no later than NOON, Monday, October 14. Payment will be required for dinner reservations cancelled after that time and for no-shows. Reserve at caxtonclub.org, call 312-255-3710, or e-mail caxtonclub@newberry.org



    • 10/21/2019
    • 11:30 AM
    • The Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois 60301, 708-386-2729
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    To download and print the flyer below, click here

    Registration is only available on-line and must be completed by October 16th to attend.


    • 11/08/2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago
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    November Luncheon

    Libby Hill on the Chicago River

    You may go over it or under it or on it. Perhaps you have shuddered at the thought of going in it. You have seen it green in the early spring. You have surely seen it from above, in dramatic footage shot from drones. It is the Chicago River … and this Caxton luncheon will help you see it in a whole new way.

    Speaker Libby Hill will portray the river in a generously illustrated presentation that reveals its natural and unnatural history. She will explore its role in Chicago’s development, the abuses it has endured, the engineering that has reshaped its role, and the efforts to reclaim it. Be prepared to be surprised as we dip beneath the surface.

    Hill, a former librarian and college instructor, is the author of The Chicago River. She is a much sought after speaker and an energetic preservation activist.

    Oh, and there will be books available to be purchased and signed!

    November 8 Luncheon: Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Boulevard. Buffet opens at 11:30 am; program 12:30-1:30. Luncheon is $35. Program free but please let us know you’re coming. Reservations or cancellations for lunch by noon Wednesday the week of the luncheon. Reserve at caxtonclub.org, call 312-255-3710, or e-mail caxtonclub@newberry.org.


    • 11/20/2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Union League Club, Union League Club, 65 West Jackson
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    November Dinner

    Two venerable institutions – one exciting event – The ULCC Leighton Library is pleased to partner with the Caxton Club to welcome British scholar, Edward Wilson-Lee as he leads you into the strange and wonderful world of Hernando Colón, younger and illegitimate son of the explorer Columbus, who set out to equal and surpass his father's achievement by building the greatest library the world had ever known. Hernando played many roles during his life--companion on his father's final and fateful expedition, chronicler of his father's life, cartographer, lexicographer, courtier and botanist--but his true passion was for books, which he collected on a scale previously unimagined. Hernando's life was not just a voyage into the new and rapidly expanding world of print, though: it was also a race against time, to complete his knowledge engine and rescue his father's memory before it was too late.

    “The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books” will be on sale for signing during the cocktail hour and after the dinner for $18. Books can be pre-ordered when making a reservation.

    To celebrate Caxton Club’s 17 years of grant giving for book arts, bibliography, zines, and print culture studies, the following Chicago book artists will be displaying their work during the cocktail reception starting at 5:00 pm in the George N. Leighton Library:

    Hannah Batsel | Ben Blount | Melissa Jay Craig | Jennifer Farrell | Ken Gerleve | Karen Hanmer | Craig Jobson | Audrey Niffeneger | Mardy Sears | Jamie Weaver | Don Widmer

    The cocktail reception (5-6pm) and program (6pm) will be followed immediately by dinner. Beverages available for $6-$12. Three-course dinner: $66. Reservations are required and must be received no later than NOON, Monday, October 18. Payment will be required for dinner reservations cancelled after that time and for no-shows. Reserve at caxtonclub.org, call 312-255-3710, or e-mail caxtonclub@newberry.org



    • 12/11/2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Loyola University, Water Tower Campus, Lewis Towers, 111 E. Pearson St., 16th Floor

    Click here to download a printable version of this flyer.

    Free tickets are required and available by clicking here starting November 1, 2019


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Chicago, IL  60610


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